Your decisions to comply with society’s view of “beauty” are no longer subconscious, but rather are more conscious-driven decisions. Barbie’s slender figure remains idolized; however, it has evolved from a plastic doll to a self-starving model that is photo-shopped on the pages of glossy magazines. You spend hours in front of a mirror adjusting and perfecting your robotic look while demanding your parents to spend an endless amount of money on cosmetics and harmful skin products to acquire a temporary version of beauty. Consider companies such as Maybelline, which have throughout the ages created problematic and infantilizing campaigns and products for women. More specifically consider the “Baby Lips” product as well as the company slogan, “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline,” that reiterates the male notions of beauty to which women are subjected.
Beauty pageants have a negative effect on female adolescents, because of low self esteem, children growing up too fast, and beauty enhancements performed on young girls. Self esteem and and bad relationships are effects on girls from participating in beauty pageants. Many young girls are also taught that they’re beauty is the most important thing. Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants. According to psychologists, it is unhealthy for girls to watch and compete in pageants.
Most toddlers are given one of two categories of toys: those for boys and then those for girls. When parents see that their kids are born as boys then they will probably start buying them blocks, race cars, balls, and action figures while for their daughters they will lean towards dolls, baby strollers, crowns, and kitchen sets. At sight, these toys seem harmless and innocent; that is to say what is wrong with a little boy and girl playing with their cars and dolls; however, these toys are the just the beginning of their molding. These kids are slowly being molded into their respective gender role: which are behaviors learned by an individual as appropriate to their gender. For example, gender norms or roles for a girl would be that they’re supposed to be thin, passive, and submissive to males.
In contrast, it is not optimistic about the male students are considered lazy, underachieving girls are regarded as incapable. The boy is seen as rational, logical, unemotional, powerful, and is also expected to step down, smart, natural academic talent .Thus, gender role stereotypes attribute the success of men 's innate intelligence and academic achievement girls’ hard work. But the new role of Lego changed the traditional gender stereotypes. The Men work outside while women work within the house; change it into women work outside while men work within the house.
In fact, they are the most effective influence for their children. Parents can affect their children’s development Infants and Childhood development ! 5 based on various factors which primarily include: direct interaction, emotional identification, and family stories. Direct interaction, which is the easiest way to communicate with children, involves praising or rewarding the children for doing something good or punishing them in case they did an undesirable action as well as the transferring knowledge. (11)
(Brown, 2009). The society constructed the frame of what a girl or a boy should look like and how they should perform. Typical examples of the gender norms are girls like to play dolls and colors of pink while boys like to play robots and colors of deep shades. Traditions and cultures controlled and chose what to provide us to wear or play according to our assigned sex starting when we are infants, while we still do not have our own gender identity in our minds. But when the moment we realize the performances that express our true selves do not align with the socially constructed gender category, we are being seen as weirdos and identified as “wrong” because the society do not understand why this happens.
“Beauty is not defined by your physical features, it is defined by the heart inside your chest and the love that flows through it. ”- Imania Margia. This meaningful quote written by Imania Margia explains the true significance and message shown through both the short story “Barbie” written by Gary Soto and “Pretty Hurts” sang by Beyonce. The short story “Barbie” written by Gary Soto presents a young girl named Veronica who learned from a young age, that in order to be pretty, you must fit standards and stereotypes- Barbie stereotypes.
Everyone knows that children love to dress up, but do fake tans, pounds of makeup, fake eyelashes, skimpy outfits and fake teeth take dress up too far? While poofy ball gowns and princess-like makeup comes to mind, the harsh reality of beauty pageants is making young children look and act like adults. In fact, Collective shouts wants to highlight dangers of beauty pageants sexualizing young children (Freymark). Little girls should be building puzzles or playing outside or having tea parties, not strutting down catwalks with orange makeup and revealing clothing, parading like show ponies (Meridith). Susanna Freymark adds “teaching little girls to preen and strut, to look sexy for judges, to emphasize sexual behaviors is totally inappropriate for
Barbie is not a Doll For quite a long time, an innocent Barbie doll is attacked by a plenty of controversies. Why a child’s toy must sustain these criticisms about feminism, racialism, and nationalism? Apparently, Barbie has been regarded as a man rather than as a doll since she is three-dimensional pinup and has unrealistic and enviable women’s appearance as well as she possesses gorgeous clothes and all kinds of wealthy identity, which make Barbie become a wicked existence. Seemly it could bring young women a bad effect about recognition of beauty and worship of money.
This labeling of toys into gender categories is also negative due to the effect that it could have on the way children express their genders. Girls might feel like they should be baking and dressing up like a princess even though they would rather be playing with a chemistry set. Another way this could affect them is with their body image. In both genders an extreme body type is the only one portrayed. Barbie’s and action figures both show unhealthy body types that the genders then feel like they have to strive for.
While children may not fully comprehend the gender, racial, and social divides that exists in the toy stores they shop, it is clearly evident that most toy stores are segregated according to said aforementioned factors. From an early age, our Christmas, Chanukah, birthday, etc. presents teach us that boys should exhibit strength, power, aggression, and self-confidence, while girls should exhibit innocence, grace, emotion, and beauty. This is never more obvious than when one analyzes the complex sociological relationship between Barbie and Ken. Obviously, there are many similarities between the two; both are gorgeous, both exude luxury, and both often represent the aspirations of young boys and girls across America.
In the short story ''Barbie Q,'' Sandra Cisneros portrays that Barbie dolls can impact girl's lives as they grow up, and influence the way they act and perceive themselves. These girls grow up in a poor family environment considering that they acquired the rest of the dolls in a toys sale after a store burned down. In ‘‘Barbie Q,’’what is the thematic significance of the damaged dolls after the fire? The girl’s enthusiasm to get the new dolls -when they said that they prefer to receive new doll’s clothes- suggests that the meaning of these Barbie dolls is more than just a new toy.
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” This beautiful quote stated by Steve Maraboli is directed towards women, but instead should be directed towards both the male and female audience. Body shaming has been around ever since we can remember. In the early 1900’s was when the perfect body image movement really started.
Based on what I have read, on the Counterculture by Ellen Goodman, I agree that the media is sometimes sending the wrong message to children. When kids see things with a famous celebrity or something that they think everyone has. Then they go to their parents and beg them to buy it for them. Parents see what’s best for their children but when they are many things to say no to, it gets a little difficult. I understand this because when I was younger, I used to do it all the time.